2022 State Championship (New Date!)

February 10 - 11, 2023 Lenoir County Extension Center Kinston


  1. Chris Fineran
  2. Andy Harrison
  3. Wesley Bowers

The 2022 State Championship was postponed due to Post Tropical Storm Ian this fall. It is rescheduled to take place in conjunction with the Barbecue Summit in Kinston, NC.

The qualifying events will stay the same. Any events that took place before Oct. 1 qualify for the 2022 State Championship. There are 28 spaces available. 25 spaces were filled previously. Anyone already registered is already registered. Refunds will be given for anyone who is unable to attend on this new date. To register, contact jen@ncpork.org.

Registered for the 2022 State Championship:

1. Matt Jones 392 BBQ
2. Andy Harrison Mr Curley’s Que Crew
3. Dana Peterson Yabotit Cue
4. Kevin Peterson Showtime’s Legit BBQ
5. Kevin Wooten Pickin & Grillin BBQ
6. Patrick Dowdee Fur and Spur BBQ
7. David Murray Fired Up BBQ
8. Donnie Pierce Garage Smokers
9. Wesley Bowers Getting Piggy With It
10. Billy John Narron Wicked Pig
11. Sammy Hobgood Space Pigs
12. Chris Fineran Beach Boys BBQ
13. David Grandy Lazy Dayz
14. Jason Baker Baker Boys BBQ
15. David Hoffman Grilling Palms BBQ
16. Paul Gainey It’s ‘Quetime BBQ
17. John Moody American Piggers
18. Richie Fulgham Porky’s Defense
19. Mat Griner Southern Q
20. Mark Copeland Pocosin Boys
21. Daniel Jones Riverbumz BBQ
22. Charlie Meeks Captain Charlies’ Cooks
23. Aliceson Turnage Miss Alley’s Cooks
24. Eli Barnhill Sons of Bacon
25. Justin Thompson Fat N Sassy
26. Mark Woolard Millhole BBQ
27. Mike Hemenway My Sweet Hog
28. Travis Stafford Two Toby’s

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Cooks qualified to compete in the 2022 State Championship based on placement at a sanctioned event since last year:

2021 Whole Hog State Championship: Wesley Bowers, Kevin Wooten, David Grandy
Clinton Square: Lewis McDougald, Rick Naylor
Smoke on the Water: David Murray
VCA 17th Annual Pig Cookoff: Roy Parker, Richie Fulgham, Darrell Groves
Smokin’ Bacon at Knightdale Station: Mark Copeland
American Legion (Fuquay Varina): Chris Fineran, Brian Brown, Donnie Pierce
Clayton Harvest Festival: Billy Narron, Kevin Peterson
Smoke on the Southside: Andy Harrison
Pickles Pigs and Swigs: James Wilder
Dancing with the Hogs: Aliceson Turnage, Princess Crooms
Barbecue Summit: Paul Gainey
PCA BBQ: Dana Peterson / Tricia Harrison
Newport Pig Cookin’: Charlie Meeks
Sudan Drifters Que: Mark Woolard
Pigskin Pigout:  John Moody
Spencer-Penn: Robert Astin
BBQ on the Bluff: Tim Carroll
Bayboro Fire Cooking: Matt Jones
BBQ Fest on the Neuse: David Hoffman
Smokin’ on the Point: DJ Stox
Wilson Tobs Beer & BBQ Festival: Mat Griner
BBQ in the ‘Burg: Patrick Dowdee
NC Blueberry Festival’s BBQ Cook-off:  Daniel Jones
TFLM Pork on the Porch: Jason Baker
Springhill Outfitters’ Pig Fest: Eli Barnhill
Benson Masonic Lodge Pig Jig: John Kantenwein
Hillsborough Hog Day: Justin Thompson, Sammy Hobgood

Anyone who qualified in 2021 is still eligible to compete as well, as long as he/she participated in at least one contest this year.


Jen Kendrick